Rosemary imparts a delicious flavour and aroma to food. It is a healing herb for the body and soul, a beauty herb for hair and a fragrant air freshener for the home. In the garden it is a versatile plant that can be clipped into a neat hedge, shaped for topiary, grown in containers, or […]
Mint is often seen as the delinquent in the food garden, overgrowing other plants, slurping up their food and water, interbreeding and running wild. Such unruly behaviour surely needs to be contained, which is why gardeners are advised to plant it in a pot and keep its roots clipped! But if you are a free-spirited […]
Perennial Basils Basil is regarded as the king of summer herbs – and that includes the perennial varieties which have as many uses as the ever-popular sweet basil. Being perennials, they not only provide a constant supply of fresh basil leaves all year round, but become established garden shrubs. The pink and white perennial […]
This herb can take the heat There’s no place for mild herbs in Mexico’s hot and spicy food. Herbs have to go with the heat, like oregano, thyme and chillies, or cool things down, like coriander and parsley. Of the different types of oregano, the variety that best complements Mexican flavours is Oregano ‘Hot and […]
Basil A-Z Sweet basil is the basil that everyone knows, with large, soft green leaves and sprays of white flowers. It grows up to 50cm high and is frost tender. Pinch off the flowers to keep the plant bushy, and use in cooking, salads, first aid and beauty. ‘Perennial Basil Pink’ or ‘White’ has small mottled […]
Herbs are an organic gardener’s best resource, especially when it comes to preparing the garden for summer. Quite a number of herbs are a valuable source of nutrition for the soil, helping to improve its quality, others act as insect repellents or as trap crops.